I wrote this one for Spectrum – The “Occasional” newsletter from The Toy Landing at the Port of Brookings-Harbor.
Richard and I bought that little toy store in 2001 – about the time I began attending Eric Jensen’s Learning Brain Expos. I had met all of the educators who were called the “Brains behind the Brain” in the January 2000 issue of Educational Leadership: Marion Diamond, Robert Sylwester, Pat Wolfe, Geoffrey and Renate Caine, and Eric Jensen . . . and I was excited about the direction education was heading in the new millennium. (I have since become very disappointed because the “powers-that-be” have taking a completely different route.) I missed being in the classroom – but I was beginning to realize that the best learning doesn’t always take place in a classroom. Behind the counter of a toy store was the perfect place to observe learning at its best.
Since during the winter months, business at our store was very slow, I began playing around with a newsletter. It seemed appropriate to call my column “From Behind the Counter” . . . because from that vantage point it felt like I could literally see all sorts of little brains at work.